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Lesbian, twin brother sentenced to 1 year in anti-gay assault


Anguished mother of victim
calls sentence slap on wrist
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
A lesbian and her twin brother charged
with leading a group of people in an
October 2013 beating of a gay man in a
hate crime that prosecutors said could
have resulted in the victims death were
sentenced on Monday to one year in jail.
The sentence handed down by D.C.
Superior Court Judge Yvonne Williams
against Christina and Christopher
Lucas, who were 20 at the time of the
incident, startled and angered police and
prosecutors who consider the sentence
far too lenient, according to a D.C. police
source familiar with the case.
A Superior Court jury on May 8
convicted the two of felony aggravated
assault while armed with a hate crime
designation following a two-week trial.
At a June 29 sentencing hearing
Williams sentenced the Lucas siblings to
four years in prison but suspended three
years, requiring the two to serve just one
year. She also sentenced them to ve

years probation upon their release.


Over the strong opposition of
prosecutors, Williams approved a request
by defense attorneys that the Lucas
siblings be sentenced under the citys Youth
Rehabilitation Act, which allows all records
of their conviction and sentencing to be
sealed from public view if they successfully
complete the terms of their probation.
Police and prosecutors stated at the trial
that the victim, a 29-year-old gay man, was
leaving a party with his mother and female
cousin on Oct. 19, 2013, at a house at
Sherman Avenue and Harvard Street, N.W.,
when he was approached by the Lucas
siblings and a group of people with them.
They called the victim a faggot
motherfucker and other anti-gay slurs,
according to a sentencing memorandum
led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Veronica
Renzi Jennings, the lead prosecutor.
Ms. Lucas and Mr. Lucas targeted [the
victim] and attacked him while he was on
the street corner, punching him, knocking
him down, and stomping him, the
memorandum says. Defendant Christina
Lucas also sliced [the victims] face with a
sharp object while he was on the ground.
When the victims cousin attempted to
intervene to stop the assault Christopher

Lucas punched her in the face, the


memorandum says.
Christopher Lucas was charged and
convicted of an additional count of simple
assault for hitting the cousin, court records
show. The records show that Williams
sentenced him to three months in prison for
that oense but suspended all three months,
eliminating any jail time for the oense.
The sentencing memorandum by
prosecutor Jennings says the victim was
transported to MedStar Washington Hospital
Center where he was treated for several
facial fractures and a fractured left wrist.
It is only by pure chance that [the
victim] did not die as a result of this
senseless and hateful assault, Jennings
said in the sentencing memorandum.
People have died after experiencing far
less trauma to their head.
The
victims
mother
told
the
Washington Blade in a phone interview
on Tuesday that her son was taken
to a hospital emergency room about
two weeks ago after suering a severe
migraine headache. She said doctors told
her the head pain may be due to a brain
injury related to the assault.
I know for a fact that my son didnt say
anything to them, said his mother, who

asked that her name and the name of her


son and niece be withheld out of fear that
they could be in danger of retaliation by
friends of the perpetrators.
He doesnt know any of them, she
said. It was a very senseless crime. And
I was very shocked by the judge and the
sentence. It was a slap on the wrist.
Courtney
Vaughn,
the
attorney
representing Christina Lucas, and Adgie
OBryant, the attorney representing
Christopher Lucas, did not return calls by
the Blade seeking comment.
The two attorneys argued in their own
sentencing memoranda that their clients
had an unusually troubled childhood
as they were raised for a period of time
by a drug-addicted mother before their
grandmother gained custody over them;
their father played no part in their
upbringing; and they experienced trauma
when their older brother was murdered.
Non-mandatory sentencing guidelines
established for Superior Court judges
recommend a sentence of between four
and 15 years for a felony oense similar
to the one to which the Lucas siblings
were convicted.
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Equality Md. facing nancial crisis, may close


Executive Director
Carrie Evans let go
By STEVE CHARING
Equality Marylands board of directors
and its foundation announced this week
that, as a result of declining donations,
it is taking action to either reduce or
possibly cease operations next month.
Despite continued policy advocacy
and educational programming, funding
sources for the organization have
dwindled in recent years following
victories on such major issues as marriage
equality and a transgender-inclusive antidiscrimination law, the statement reads.
The statement, which was issued by
Stephanie Bernstein, chair of Equality
Maryland and Isabella Firth Shyco, chair
of its foundation, said, Equality Maryland
is an extraordinary organization that has
accomplished amazing things on behalf of
the Maryland LGBT community, and led
the rest of the nation in championing rights
and protections, such as the achievement
of marriage equality and transgenderinclusive anti-discrimination protections.
Carrie Evans, Equality Marylands
executive director since November 2011,

CARRIE EVANS was laid o June 6 as


executive director of Equality Maryland.
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was laid o eective June 6 as a result the


nancial crisis.
None of our successes could have
been possible without the remarkable
leadership of Carrie Evans, said the
statement. Her work continues under
the leadership of Keith Thirion, interim
executive director, Patrick Locklin, Equality
Marylands oce manager, the members
of the Equality Maryland and Equality
Maryland Foundation boards, and the

organizations members, and generous


and courageous funders and supporters.
The statement indicated that funding
from individuals and major donor
sources dropped signicantly after
securing marriage equality but remained
committed to securing anti-discrimination
protections for transgender people.
Evans previously worked for Equality
Maryland as director of policy and
planning from 2007-2009. She left the
organization shortly after its thenexecutive director, Dan Furmansky,
resigned in late 2008.
During Evans tenure, the Religious
Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection
Act passed the Maryland Legislature and
was signed into law by then-Gov. Martin
OMalley in March of 2012. A referendum
to overturn the law by opponents failed
by a 52-48 margin in November 2012.
The eort was led by Marylanders
for Marriage Equality, a coalition of
organizations in which Equality Maryland
was a member. Same-sex marriage took
eect on January 1, 2013.
The next year, Equality Maryland, under
Evans direction, worked for passage
of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act,
which provided protections in the areas
of employment, housing, credit and public

accommodations based on gender identity.


During the 2015 General Assembly,
Equality Maryland worked successfully
to prohibit discrimination based on
sexual orientation and gender identity
in insurance coverage for infertility. In
addition, a bill was passed that allows
transgender Marylanders to request a
new birth certicate with an updated
gender marker.
The board believes passionately that
Equality Maryland ought to continue
to play a critical, central role in the
coming years for our community, but
is facing one of two possibilities for
the future: drastically scaling down
operations, with a reduced capacity to
serve its many constituencies across
the state, or suspending operations
entirely, the statement says. Unless
and until we secure adequate revenue to
sustain the organization, the important
services, oversight and advocacy it has
consistently provided to the Maryland
LGBT community will cease to be.
The board plans to make a nal decision
regarding the future of the organization
in the coming weeks and welcomes input
from the community. All comments and
questions may be submitted via e-mail to
board@equalitymaryland.org.

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AHF opens new HIV care facility


AIDS Healthcare Foundation Director Dr. Matty Mathivannan cuts a ribbon, ocially
opening a new healthcare center at 1647 Benning Rd., N.E., on June 27. The center is
AHFs third medical facility in the D.C. area providing medical care for those living with
HIV/AIDS regardless of ability to pay. The new centers hours are Monday, Wednesday
and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Local officials applaud marriage ruling

D.C. Mayor MURIEL BOWSER delivered the annual District of Columbia HIV, STD,
Hepatitis and TB report this week.
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Report shows new HIV cases


continue to fall in D.C.
The number of newly diagnosed HIV cases in the nations capital dropped for
a sixth consecutive year, according to the latest surveillance report that D.C.
ocials released on Tuesday.
The report which the D.C. Department of Healths HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis,
Sexually Transmitted Disease and Tuberculosis Administration (HAHSTA)
prepared notes there were 553 new HIV diagnoses in the nations capital
in 2013. That gure is a 40 percent decrease from the 916 new HIV diagnoses
reported in 2009.
The report indicates there were 19 new HIV cases attributed to injection drug
use in D.C. in 2013, compared to 149 in 2007. It also notes no babies were born
with the virus in the nations capital in 2013.
The District of Columbia continues to make progress in the ght against
HIV, said Mayor Muriel Bowser during a press conference at Whitman-Walker
Healths Metro TeenAIDS facility on Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E.. We have some
good news to share with you today.
The report notes that black men who have sex with men accounted for 25
percent of new HIV diagnoses in the nations capital in 2013. It also indicates
those between 20-29 were the age group with the highest number of new
infections in the same year.
The report indicates that 16,423 D.C. residents or 2.5 percent of the
population of the nations capital was living with HIV in 2013. Department of
Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt during the press conference described the
virus prevalence in D.C. as a modern HIV epidemic because rates exceed the
World Health Organizations one percent threshold for such a designation.
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D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring hailed
Fridays U.S. Supreme Court ruling as an important development for same-sex couples
in the 37 states and D.C. that already recognized same-sex marriage as well as for those
living in the 13 states that did not.
Although D.C. has recognized marriages of same-sex couples since 2010 and Virginia
has recognized same-sex marriage since last October, married gay and lesbian couples
in D.C. and Virginia up until now faced potential problems concerning their families,
including children, if they moved to or visited one of the states that did not recognize
their marriages, Racine and Herring said in separate statements.
Thousands of newly-married Virginians and their families now know their bonds are
protected by the highest law of the land, sending a powerful message about what a
loving family can look like in the 21st century, Herring said.
Racine, who, like Herring, led a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the plaintis case
that led to todays Supreme Court ruling, has said that married same-sex couples from D.C.
could have faced road blocks in hospital visitation rights, child custody rights, and spousal
health insurance benets if they moved to one of the non-marriage equality states.
Today, a majority of the nations highest court said the Constitution guarantees the
dignity of all couples equally a huge win for all who believe in civil rights, Racine
said. In particular, I am happy that same-sex couples in the rest of the nation will now
enjoy the same rights and governmental recognition that they do here in the District of
Columbia.
John Fluharty, the gay executive director of the Delaware Republican Party, also
welcomed the courts ruling.
As a gay Republican I feel that todays ruling is a momentous win for freedom,
equality, inclusion, and above all, love, he told the Washington Blade. I join with
millions of other Americans in celebrating that ours is a country that keeps it promise of
the pursuit of the happiness, liberty, and justice for all.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogans oce on Friday noted in a statement that voters in 2012
approved his states same-sex marriage law.
Governor Hogan has a sworn duty to uphold the law and thats exactly what he will
do, it read.
D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton joined Herring in pointing out
that the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states would also
strengthen eorts to pass federal and state legislation protecting all LGBT people from
discrimination in employment and other areas.
Todays decision for same-sex marriage is so unequivocal that it should encourage
further action that is much-needed for full equality for the LGBTQ community, Norton
said. The next priority should be passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination
Act, she said, in referring to the long stalled bill in Congress that calls for banning job
discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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DOJ: Va. school trans policy violates Title IX


WASHINGTON The Justice
Department on June 30 led a
statement of interest with a federal
court in Virginia that says Title IX of
the U.S. Education Amendments of
1972 requires school districts allow
transgender students to use the
restroom that corresponds with
their gender identity.
There is a public interest
in ensuring that all students,
including transgender students,
have the opportunity to learn
in an environment free of sex
discrimination, reads the ling.
The statement was led in the
case of Gavin Grimm, a trans boy
who sued the Gloucester County
School Board last month over its
controversial policy that requires
GAVIN GRIMM sued over a policy that
requires students to use restrooms and
students to use restrooms and
other facilities that correspond to their
other facilities that correspond to
biological gender.
their biological gender.
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The school board approved the
policy late last year.
The Department of Justice ling makes crystal clear that the Gloucester
County School Boards transgender restroom policy violates Title IX, said Joshua
Block, senior sta attorney with the ACLUs Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
and HIV Project. All students including transgender students should be
able to use the restroom without being stigmatized and humiliated for being
who they are.
The ACLU is representing Grimm and his mother in their lawsuit against the
Gloucester County School Board.

Virgin Islands to allow gay marriage


CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands
on June 30 said his administration would comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling
that said same-sex couples have the right to marry throughout the country.
The Virgin Islands Consortium reported that Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced
during a press conference that he would issue an executive order that will
require government agencies in the U.S. territory to allow gays and lesbians
to tie the knot. The newspaper said the governor reiterated the U.S. Supreme
Court ruling does not force local clergy to perform same-sex marriages.
The nation has arrived, pursuant to the Supreme Courts ruling, at full
marriage equality when two consenting adults appear for a marriage license
and apply for that license, civil society is required to respond, said Mapp,
according to the Virgin Islands Consortium. And so persons of the same-sex
can be married in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Same-sex marriages in nearby Puerto Rico are expected to begin later this month.

Bilerico Project blog closes


WASHINGTON The founder of the Bilerico Project on June 30 announced
that he is ending his LGBT blog that he launched more than a decade ago.
Bil Browning wrote that then-President George W. Bushs election as well as
last months U.S. Supreme Court ruling that extended marriage rights to samesex couples across the country are among the multitude of important stories
he and his contributors have covered since 2004.
Projects are meant to be temporary and so was Bilerico Project, wrote
Browning, who is from Indiana. After more than a decade, its time to wrap up
our experiment. The media landscape has changed dramatically over the past
decade and so have our lives and the LGBT movement itself. Its time to turn the
page and start something fresh in this new environment.
Browning said the more than 31,000 posts on his blog will be archived on its website.

NATIONAL NEWS

Christie latest GOP candidate


to declare White House bid
Makes announcement one
day after vetoing LGBT bill
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on
Tuesday became the latest candidate to
declare his bid for the White House in
2016 one day after vetoing legislation
important tothe LGBT community.
The two-term Republican governor
made his announcement at Livingston
High School, where he initiated his
political career as class president.
America is tired of hand-wringing and
indecisiveness and weakness in the Oval
Oce, Christie said. We need to have
strength and decision-making and authority
back in the Oval Oce, and that is why today
I am proud to announce my candidacy for
the Republican nomination for president of
the United States of America.
Many Republican candidates have
been running on a promise to protect
religious liberty, which is considered code
among social conservatives for enabling
anti-LGBT discrimination. Christie made
no mention of that, but talked about the
diversity of his state bringing it strength.
What has come from that is the
absolute belief that not only can all of
us achieve whatever dream we want to
achieve because of the place where we
live and the opportunities it gives, but
that we not only can do it together, we
have to do it together, Christie said. We
have no choice but to work together. This
country needs to work together again,
not against each other.
The announcement was light on policy
objectives with the exception of a vague
promise to simplify the tax code, growing
the economy at least 4 percent each year
and making America stronger to support
its allies and enforcing the limits on the
conduct of its enemies.
Christie, who once held front-runner
status as a potential Republican nominee
but is now considered a long-shot, was set
to head immediately to New Hampshire
after his speech to begin a ve-day series
of campaign events.
Heannounced his bid on the day after
he vetoed the New Jersey Gestational
Carrier Agreement Act. It would have
updated state law to give legal parental
rights over a child carried by a gestational
surrogate to the intended parent at birth,
such as gay and lesbian parents.
Marty Rouse, president of the Human
Rights Campaign, said in a statement the
veto represents a decision by Christie to
stand in the way of progress.
Garden State families deserve better

New Jersey Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE declared his


bid for the White House this week.
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than the outdated obstacles that will now


remain in place because of Gov. Christie
outdated laws that restrict their ability to
establish appropriate parental and family
rights, Rouse said. What a backwards
way to start a campaign for the highest
oce in the land.
Christie in 2012 vetoed legislation sent
to him by the Democratic legislature that
would have legalized same-sex marriage
in his state.
Despite his veto of marriage equality
legislation, Christie said last week after
the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of
nationwide marriage equality he agrees
with the dissent of Chief Justice John
Roberts and the issue should be a matter
of policy left to the states.
I think this is something that should
be decided by the people of each state,
and not imposed upon them by a group
of lawyers sitting in black robes at the U.S.
Supreme Court, Christie said. That being
said, those ve lawyers get to impose it
under our system, and so our job is going
to be to support the law of the land, and
that, under the Supreme Courts ruling, is
not the law of the land.
Last year, Christie vetoed a transgender
rights bill that would have eased the
process of allowing transgender people to
change their gender marker on their birth
certicates, letting them do so without rst
undergoinggender reassignment surgery.
In 2013, he signed legislation prohibiting
widely discredited ex-gay conversion
therapy for minors in his state, saying he
doesnt think being gay is a choice.
Also in 2013, after the New Jersey
Supreme Court issued an initial order
in favor of same-sex marriage, Christie
dropped the states appeal of the litigation,
conrming marriage equality would be the
law of the land in New Jersey.

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Historic week as Supreme Court rules for marriage


In 5-4 decision,
judges strike down all
state bans on gay nuptials
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
In arguably its most signicant decision
ever in favor of LGBT rights, the U.S.
Supreme Court on June 26 delivered a
ruling striking down all remaining state
bans on same-sex marriage and instituting
marriage equality in all 50 states.
The 34-page decision, written by U.S.
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy,
determines that bans on same-sex
marriage violate the Due Process and Equal
Protection Clauses of the 14th Amendment.
The ruling will likely be remembered as the
courts ultimate decision in support of gay
rights. Its the culmination of a decadeslong struggle in pursuit of the right of
same-sex couples to marry and arms
same-sex relationships in the eyes of the
government should be treated just the
same as opposite-sex unions.
It would misunderstand these men
and women to say they disrespect the
idea of marriage, Kennedy writes. Their
plea is that they do respect it, respect
it so deeply that they seek to nd its
fulllment for themselves. Their hope is
not to be condemned to live in loneliness,

The Supreme Courts ruling last week touched o celebrations in D.C. and throughout the country.
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excluded from one of civilizations oldest


institutions. They ask for equal dignity
in the eyes of the law. The Constitution
grants them that right.
Joining Kennedy in the 5-4 decision were
U.S. Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and
Elena Kagan. The dissent was comprised of
Chief Justice John Roberts, Antonin Scalia,
Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

Finally proud to be an American


Same-sex marriage supporters who gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court
last Friday cheered and wept as they learned the justices ruled gays and lesbians
have the constitutional right to marry.
Im just so happy for all my friends and family who this aects, Bridget Gaglio
of D.C. told the Washington Blade as she wiped tears from her eyes. This is a
historic day in our country that we recognize that everyone is truly equal in all
aspects. Im just nally proud to be an American.
National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey told the Blade the
rst thing she did upon hearing the ruling was to burst into tears and kiss her
wife who was standing next to her on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Theres a lot of relief here and across the country, she said. There are going to
be a lot of people going to bed tonight with some relief and feeling a little bit safer
for their families and a little bit better that they are not second-class citizens.
Kris Perry and Sandy Stier one of the two same-sex couples that successfully
challenged Californias Proposition 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013
told the Blade they feel relieved by the decision.
Kids that are going to be born today will not grow up with this discrimination,
Stier told the Blade.
Emily Townley-Schall, daughter of Carol Schall and Mary Townley, one of the
plainti couples in the case that challenged Virginias constitutional amendment
that denes marriage as between a man and a woman, thanked her parents as
she applauded the U.S. Supreme Court decision.
After many years of ghting, marriage equality has nally been made the law
of the land, wrote Townley-Schall on her Facebook page. Its all because of the
hard work of same-sex couples, like my parents, ghting for their equal rights.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

In his dissent, Roberts writes the


majoritys decision in favor of same-sex
marriage was based on policy, not a
reading of the Constitution.
Although the policy arguments for
extending marriage to same-sex couples
may be compelling, the legal arguments
for requiring such an extension are not,
Roberts writes. The fundamental right to
marry does not include a right to make a
State change its denition of marriage.
And a States decision to maintain the
meaning of marriage that has persisted in
every culture throughout human history
can hardly be called irrational. In short, our
Constitution does not enact any one theory
of marriage. The people of a State are free
to expand marriage to include same-sex
couples, or to retain the historic denition.
Two questions were before the court
as a result of the litigation, which was
consolidated under the case name
Obergefell v. Hodges: 1) Whether states
under the 14th Amendment can refuse to
give same-sex couples marriage licenses;
and 2) Whether states under the 14th
Amendment can refuse to recognize outof-state same-sex marriages.
Kennedy writes the same legal
reasoning by which it struck bans on
same-sex marriage means the second
question is moot.
The Fourteenth Amendment requires
States to recognize same-sex marriages
validly performed out of State, Kennedy
writes. Since same-sex couples may now
exercise the fundamental right to marry
in all States, there is no lawful basis for a
State to refuse to recognize a lawful samesex marriage performed in another State
on the ground of its same-sex character.
The decision reverses the ruling of the
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which

upheld bans on same-sex marriage in


Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Under guidance from the Supreme Court,
other courts with pending marriage
litigation the First, Fifth, Eighth and
Eleventh Circuits have no choice but to
determine bans on same-sex marriage in
their jurisdictions are unconstitutional.
Depending on how one counts, either
37 and 38 states as well as D.C. and Guam
had marriage equality before the ruling,
so the Supreme Court decisions bring
same-sex marriage to 12 or 13 states and
the remaining U.S. territories without
marriage equality.
Many observers predicted the Supreme
Court would rule in favor of same-sex
marriage, although there were some who
cautioned it was never a done deal. In
October, the Supreme Court refused to
review decisions from U.S. circuit courts
striking down bans on same-sex marriage
in their jurisdictions. It was only after the
Sixth Circuit upheld bans in Michigan,
Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee that the
court determined it was appropriate to
consider the issue, which some took as a
sign justices were seeking to reverse the
lower court decision.
Forty-four years after the Supreme
Court refused to hear the same-sex
marriage case Baker v. Nelson for lack of
federal question, 40 years after Boulder
County in Colorado issued marriage
licenses to same-sex couples that were
later not recognized, 12 years after the
Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled the
Bay State would be the rst in the nation
with same-sex marriage, two years after
the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the
Defense of Marriage Act, the U.S. Supreme
Court has concluded state bans on samesex marriage are unconstitutional.

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Marriage ruling may be helpful in future LGBT cases


Robust language about
liberty and equality
seen as key
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling
overturning bans on same-sex marriage
has been heralded as a milestone decision
in favor of gay rights, and legal experts
say the decision even though it makes
no mention of animus or level of scrutiny
could be used by LGBT advocates to
their advantage in future litigation.
The 5-4 decision written by U.S. Associate
Justice Anthony Kennedy, whos now
drafted four major cases in favor of gay
rights while on the Supreme Court, relies
heavily on case law nding a fundamental
right to marry and equal protection for gay
people, converging those two principles to
nd a constitutional right under the 14th
Amendment for same-sex couples to wed
across the country.
It is now clear that the challenged laws
burden the liberty of same-sex couples,
and it must be further acknowledged that
they abridge certain precepts of equality,
Kennedy writes. Here the marriage
laws enforced by the respondents are
in essence unequal: same-sex couples
are denied all the benets aorded to
opposite-sex couples and barred from
exercising a fundamental right.
Nan Hunter, a lesbian law professor
at Georgetown University, said the
determinations on the right to marry
in Obergefell v. Hodges may not be
extended elsewhere, but thats not the
case for the equal protection reasoning.
I think the most important aspect of
this decision for other cases is that Justice
Kennedy held that excluding same-sex
couples from marriage violated equal
protection as well as the right to marry,
Hunter said. The right to marry, now that
it is secured, is not going to be relevant in
most future litigation, but the fact that there
was an equal protection violation as well
has potentially much broader applicability.
Hunter adds the applicability could
come in any case involving pointless
gestures of government action that
exclude people because of their sexual
orientation, such as exclusion from
adoption laws or states treating married
same-sex and dierent-sex couples
dierently for the purposes of benets.
Paul Smith, an attorney at the D.C.-based
law rm Jenner & Block who successfully
argued Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, said in
the wake of the decision, the government
wont be able to discriminate against
someone based on sexual orientation.
Thats going to be impossible, Smith

Associate Justice ANTHONY KENNEDY


drafted the majority opinion, which triggered
four separate dissents.

said. If they have to marry you, they cant


very well refuse to hire you or re you or
whatever else they might try to do. That
game is over.
But nowhere in the decision does
Kennedy talk about the marriage bans
being initiated as a result of animus,
which he said were the motivation for
anti-gay laws in his 1996 decision in
Romer v. Evans and his 2013 decision
against the Defense of Marriage Act. To
be fair, animus also didnt come up in
the legal reasoning in Kennedys 2003
decision against state sodomy bans in
Lawrence v. Texas.
Invoking animus in the logic for striking
down bans on same-sex marriage could
have been used as precedent in litigation
against other anti-gay laws if thats seen as
the only motivation to have such measures.
Still, legal experts say that animus reasoning
isnt needed or necessarily applicable in the
marriage cases.
Hunter said Kennedy may have declined
to invoke animus because marriage laws
stem from dierent periods.
Some were amended to specically
exclude same-sex couples and there may
be other marriage laws that have been in
eect for a couple of centuries, Hunter
said. So I think if a law is in the latter
category, its clear it wasnt enacted in
animus toward people based on sexual
orientation, so that might have been part
of the thinking there.
Doug NeJaime, professor of law at the
Williams Institute, University of California,
Los Angeles, said he thinks the marriage
ruling is more helpful for gay rights in other
contexts without reliance on animus.
A lot of the battles going forward are
not going to be as clear-cut as the right to
marry or the right to have sex, NeJaime
said. And so, I think its actually really
helpful to have a holding that isnt about
animus, but instead is about the actual
eect that a law has on LGBT people.
Moreover,
Kennedy
doesnt
say
what level of scrutiny hes using in the

Obergefell decision, declining to explicitly


apply heightened scrutiny, or a greater
assumption a law is unconstitutional.
Thats unlike the position of the Obama
administration, which has said laws related
to sexual orientation including DOMA
and state bans on same-sex marriage
are unconstitutional because they should
be subjected to heightened scrutiny.
But Kennedy has never invoked
heightened scrutiny in each of his four
major gay rights cases and nonetheless
found a way to reach a decision favorable
to plaintis challenging anti-gay laws.
Hunter said Kennedy doesnt seem to
like standards of scrutiny when it comes
to LGBT issues because hes never gone
down that path.
I think many of us have just given up
hope he will, Hunter said. I think as long
as Justice Kennedy is writing an opinion
its going to be a long shot that there will
be any articulation of standard. I think
hes moving in a dierent direction. I think
he has a dierent philosophy. Its hard to
characterize because he doesnt really
pin it down, but I think hes dealing broad
concepts of the meaning behind the
protection for liberty and equality, and he
doesnt like to use particular standards.
Smith said given the option, he would
have rather seen Kennedy invoke
heightened scrutiny for the next LGBT
rights case before the courts.
I would have preferred them to do the
traditional heightened scrutiny protection
analysis because that would have helped
us say maybe on the next time when we
have to decide whether or not under the
Religious Freedom Restoration Act people
have a right to discriminate in the event
there was ever a federal ENDA, Smith said.
But Smith added he isnt convinced
thats necessary because he doesnt see
the lack of heightened scrutiny having any
immediate impact on the way Kennedy
reached the decision in Obergefell.
The dissents in the case arenoteworthy
because of their sheer number. Each of
the four dissenting justices wrote their
own explanation for why the majority
is wrong in aording marriage rights to
same-sex couples.
Chief Justice John Roberts said policy
arguments for extending marriage to
same-sex couples may be compelling,
but in the end the U.S. Constitution
doesnt aord them that right. Notably,
Roberts doesnt join any of the other
three dissenters in their positions, even
though others joined his.
NeJaime said even though Roberts
dissented, his tone wasnt particularly
harsh toward same-sex couples, even
when harsh about the majority opinion.
It was pretty clear that he wanted to
distance himself from the fact that he was
making his own judgment about same-

sex marriage, NeJaime said.


The other dissents are dierent in
tone. U.S. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia
denigrates the idea that intimacy and
spirituality are freedoms and decries what
he calls the judiciary taking from the
People a question properly left to them.
U.S. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas
devotes a signicant part of his dissent to
the vulnerability of religious liberty in this
country. U.S. Associate Justice Samuel Alito
basically lifts from his dissent in the DOMA
decision, but expresses concern about
procreation and opposite-sex couples not
marrying because same-sex couples can.
Hunter said the dissents are noteworthy
because of the extent to which they
disagree with each other.
Of course, it was 5-4 decision, but
in some philosophical sense, it was
really a 5-1-2-1 decision, or even a 5-11-1-1 decision because each of the four
dissenters wrote, and justices dont write
unless they are writing to say something
that isnt said by somebody else, Hunter
said. So the debate that was visible in
the opinion, there were two debates:
One was between the majority and the
dissent, but the other was among the
dissenters themselves.
No one is sure what LGBT-related
case will be next to reach the Supreme
Court, although observers predict the
marriage case wont be the nal word
on the issue. The next litigation could be
an assertion from a federal contractor
that it should be exempt from President
Obamas executive order against antiLGBT workplace discrimination because
of religious beliefs.
Another option could be a development
in a state thatfor the rst time has samesex marriage as a result of the Obergefell
decision to the consternation of a state
ocial. Thomas concern in his dissent
over court action harming religious
liberty may best predict the next LGBT
rights case to reach the court.
A county clerk required to distribute
a marriage license to a same-sex couple
could sue on the basis of a religious
objection, or by the same token a samesex couple denied a marriage license by
such a clerk could sue to assert their right
to receive a marriage license.
Whatever the case, NeJaime said the
pretty robust language about liberty and
equality in the Obergefell decision could
be translated to the next litigation.
You could think you have ve justices
on the court who are thinking about
same-sex couples as exercising the same
fundamental rights as others, NeJaime
said. Theres also a fundamental right
to parent, theres a fundamental right to
procreate, and so, it opens up potential
possibilities to make similar kinds of
arguments in other contexts.

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Wolfson calls for harnessing marriage victory


Longtime marriage
advocate says ENDA too
narrow, broader bill needed
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling last
week legalizing same-sex marriage in
all 50 states was a transformative
development that should be seized upon
by the LGBT rights movement to secure
the passage of a federal LGBT civil rights
bill much broader than the one now
stalled in Congress.
Thats the assessment of Evan Wolfson,
founder and president of Freedom To
Marry, the New York-based advocacy
organization credited with playing a key
role in advancing marriage equality across
the country since its launching in 2003.
We now have won the freedom to
marry as a matter of law, Wolfson told
the Washington Blade in an interview
on the day the Supreme Court issued its
landmark ruling.
But the conversation is only now
arriving to many parts of the country,
he said. And since weve seen its
transformative power we want to harness
it, to build on it going forward, not turn
away from it, Wolfson said.
And then while doing that we want
to map out and begin calling to action
the work of winning non-discrimination
protections,
particularly
a
federal
civil rights bill that would prohibit
discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation and gender identity much
like federal civil rights law prohibits
discrimination on the basis of race and
sex and religion.
Wolfson pushed for same-sex marriage
rights through litigation beginning in 1991
in Hawaii, when many in the gay rights
movement said the country was not ready
for it. Now, following the sweeping victory
on marriage equality, he may once again
be ruing some feathers among the
establishment LGBT groups by pushing for
legislation far broader than the Employment
Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which has
long been stalled in Congress.
A number of LGBT rights strategists,
including former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank
(D-Mass.), have said limiting the initial
legislation like ENDA to just employment
protections
was
needed
because
congressional allies did not have the votes
needed to pass a broader bill. Wolfson
said he believes LGBT organizations are
now ready to push for a broader bill.
And what we need to be pursuing
is not ENDA, not only employment
protections but comprehensive civil
rights protections, he said. And I think

I think this is a real epic transformation


from a despised minority to the freedom to
marry, said EVAN WOLFSON.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

theres this pretty strong agreement


amongst most of the major organizations
and advocates that what we want is the
same kind of explicit federal protections
for sexual orientation and gender identity
that we have for race and sex, religion
and other classications that should not
be used to justify discrimination.
In keeping with an earlier promise,
Wolfson said Freedom To Marry will be
closing its doors soon because it has
fullled its mission.
Freedom To Marry was created as a
campaign to drive the winning strategy,
he said. And the strategy aimed at
the goal of winning marriage equality
nationwide. And today of course we hit
our goal, he said.
And so Freedom to Marry will over a
matter of months do a smart, strategic
wind-down and close. The work of this
campaign has now been achieved, he
said. But the work of the movement is
far from over.
Evan Wolfson on the Supreme Courts
June 26 landmark ruling on marriage
equality and whats next for the LGBT
rights movement:
Blade: What are your thoughts on
the signicance of the Supreme Courts
decision today on marriage equality?
Wolfson: Well weve transformed the
country to get to this day. And there will
be an additional transformation going
forward because the power of winning
marriage and the clarity and strength of
the majority opinion signal that the day of
the gay exception is over.

Blade: Do you think opponents of


marriage equality will be able to claim
the closeness of the vote it was a 5-4
decision detracts from the strength of
the decision?
Wolfson: No, a 5-4 decision is a win.
And I think the majority had the better
of the arguments and the dissents are

surprisingly tinny and out of touch with the


American people and out of touch with the
Constitution. Remember, we won 67 or so
rulings even before today. And all of these
judges found what Justice Kennedy found.
So I think we have the better of the legal
argument and the constitutional argument
and we have a better connection with
where the American people have moved.
But at the end of the day, a Supreme Court
decision is a win. And a win is a win.

Blade: Were those 67 decisions both


U.S. district courts and appeals courts?
Wolfson: District and appellate, state
and federal Republican judges as well as
Democratic judges. And all of them found
what Justice Kennedy found. So I think
its clear. Weve moved the American
people. We now have the Supreme Court
clearly on the side of fairness. And the
Constitution commands the freedom to
marry and equality under the law. And
that includes gay people.
Blade: What, if anything, will have to
happen next to clear the way for samesex couples to marry in the 13 states that
did not recognize marriage equality?
Wolfson: Ive been running around today
and havent been able to fully monitor
everything. But we have on our website
our map, which were carefully monitoring
and tracking the rolling forward and
implementation of this decision. And so far
Ive not heard of any problem. And I think
it will mostly proceed without problems
very quickly. It is a big country. So if theres
an occasional instance of foot-dragging or
acting out we will deal with it. But I expect
that the vast majority of public ocials will
follow the law, and the American people
are already there.

Blade: Will we see some cases in which a


recalcitrant county clerk or marriage bureau
ocial refuses to issue a marriage license
because its against their religious beliefs?

Wolfson: I think there will be very,


very little of that. And after all, when a
clerk or an ocial draws a salary from
the taxpayers its their duty to serve the
taxpayers. And when you take an oath to
serve the public its your duty to serve the
public. And I think thats clear. And if there
is any problem, again, we will deal with it.
But I think the overwhelming response is
going to be positive and happy and joyous.
Its only going to get better as it goes.

Blade: Can you tell a little about your


involvement in the early years of the
marriage equality movement? You go
back to when Hawaii became the rst
state where litigation was used to attempt
to legalize same-sex marriage.
Wolfson: The Hawaii case was in the 90s.
It began in 1991 and it ran through 1999.
And of course my involvement with the
freedom to marry began really a decade
earlier when I wrote my thesis advocating
for the freedom to marry back in 1983.
Ive been working on this for 32 years. And
weve obviously had many steps forward
and many stumbles and happy years and
dicult years. But I always believed we
would win if we kept doing the work. And
today America proved me right.
Blade: Whats next for you? You have
said that if the Supreme Court ruled as it
has today you would eventually disband
Freedom to Marry as an organization. Is
that still the plan?
Wolfson: Yeah. Freedom to Marry was
created as a campaign to drive the winning
strategy. And the strategy aimed at the
goal of winning marriage nationwide. And
today of course we hit our goal. And so
Freedom to Marry will over a matter of
months do a smart, strategic wind-down,
and close. The work of this campaign has
now been achieved. But the work of the
movement is far from over.
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2016 GOP hopefuls denounce marriage ruling


Cruz says states
should ignore decision
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Republican
presidential
hopefuls
declared their opposition last week to the
U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of
same-sex marriage.
While at least one has called for a U.S.
constitutional amendment to reverse
the ruling, others have stopped short of
making such a pronouncement.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush issued
a statement rearming his belief in
traditional marriage and the importance
of religious liberty.

Guided by my faith, I believe in


traditional marriage, Bush said. I believe
the Supreme Court should have allowed
the states to make this decision. I also
believe that we should love our neighbor
and respect others, including those
making lifetime commitments.
Unlike other candidates, Bush hasnt
during this campaign cycle declared
his position on a U.S. constitutional
amendment against same-sex marriage.
It remains to be seen if hell endorse such
a measure as the election proceeds.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) issued
a statement saying he disagrees with
the ruling, but nonetheless believes the
country must abide by the law. Going
forward, Rubio said the next president
must appoint justices committed to
Sen. TED CRUZ (R-Texas) went the furthest in his criticism, urging states to ignore last weeks
Supreme Court ruling on marriage.

Couples face hurdles in South


Throughout the South, same-sex couples are beginning to wed following the
U.S. Supreme Court ruling against prohibitions on gay nuptials, although state
ocials are attempting to make things complicated.
On Sunday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, whos led eorts against
same-sex marriage in his state, issued a legal opinion giving the OK for clerks in
the state to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
County clerks and their employees retain religious freedoms that may allow
accommodation of their religious objections to issuing same-sex marriage
licenses, Paxton said. The strength of any such claim depends on the particular
facts of each case.
Paxton acknowledged that ocials who deny a license to a same-sex couple
may well face litigation and/or a ne, but said the attorney generals oce and
lawyers stand ready to defend any ocial, in many cases on a pro-bono basis,
in the event of legal action.
Texas must speak with one voice against this lawlessness, and act on multiple
levels to further protect religious liberties for all Texans, but most immediately do
anything we can to help our County Clerks and public ocials who now are forced
with defending their religious beliefs against the courts ruling, Paxton said.
Last Friday, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said the states marriage
ban is in place until the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals lifts its stay. On
Monday, he told county circuit clerks they could issue marriage licenses to
same-sex couples.
According to the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger, Laurin Locke and Tiany Brosh
of Pearl were the rst couple to receive a license in Hinds County. A total of 47
out of 82 counties in Mississippi were issuing same-sex marriage licenses by the
end of the day on Monday, the pro-LGBT Campaign for Southern Equality said
in a statement.
Also on Monday, Jeerson Parish in Louisiana, which is outside of New
Orleans, became the rst jurisdiction in the state to issuea marriage license to
a same-sex couple.
Drama also took place in Alabama, where media reports indicated the
Alabama Supreme Court had halted the issuing of marriage licenses in the state
until further notice.
In truth, the Alabama Supreme Court which in March issued a ruling halting
same-sex marriage following a federal district court decision didnt order a stop
to anything this time around, rather it requested additional brieng on the issue.
Must of the confusion was based on statements from Alabama Chief Justice
Roy Moore, who opposes same-sex marriage. The justice said the order means
no probate judge could issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple for 25
days, but later said it meant no judge is required to issue a marriage license in
that time period.
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applying the applying the Constitution as


originally understood.
People who disagree with the
traditional denition of marriage have
the right to change their state laws,
Rubio said. That is the right of our
people, not the right of the unelected
judges or justices of the Supreme Court.
This decision short-circuits the political
process that has been underway on the
state level for years.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has
previously articulated support for a U.S.
constitutional amendment against same-sex
marriage, said the ruling was a grave mistake.
Five unelected judges have taken it
upon themselves to redene the institution
of marriage, an institution that the author
of this decision acknowledges has been
with us for millennia, Walker said.
Walker added the time has come for a
U.S. constitutional amendment returning
the issue to the states.
As a result of this decision, the only
alternative left for the American people
is to support an amendment to the U.S.
Constitution to rearm the ability of the states
to continue to dene marriage, he said.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) went the
furthest in his criticism, urging states to
ignore the ruling.
Those who are not parties to the suit
are not bound by it, Cruz told NPR. The
court ruled in cases brought in Ohio,
Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky. Cruz
apparently believes that other states
with marriage bans are not bound by
the ruling, even though lower courts
are required to follow Supreme Court
decisions. Cruz earlier said he would
introduce a constitutional amendment to
ban same-sex marriage.
Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson said
he disagrees with the court decision, but
acknowledged its now the law of the

land. He called on Congress to take action


to protect religious liberty, but didnt say
what measure would be appropriate.
I call on Congress to make sure deeply
held religious views are respected and
protected, Carson said. The government
must never force Christians to violate
their religious beliefs.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who
announced his candidacy for the White
House on Tuesday, said he disagrees with
the decision a group of lawyers made
on same-sex marriage, but nonetheless
pledged to uphold the ruling.
I think this is something that should
be decided by the people of each state,
and not imposed upon them by a group
of lawyers sitting in black robes at the U.S.
Supreme Court, Christie said. That being
said, those ve lawyers get to impose it
under our system, and so our job is going
to be to support the law of the land, and
that, under the Supreme Courts ruling, is
not the law of the land.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, whos
also backed a constitutional amendment
returning the issue to the states, said the
Supreme Court decision portends doom
for religious liberty.
Marriage between a man and a woman
was established by God, and no earthly
court can alter that, Jindal said.
Meanwhile, Democrats running for
president, including Martin OMalley,
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton,
praised the ruling.
Along with millions of Americans, I am
celebrating todays landmark victory for
marriage equality, and the generations
of advocates and activists who fought
to make it possible, Clinton said. From
Stonewall to the Supreme Court, the
courage and determination of the LGBT
community has changed hearts and
changed laws.

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Celebrations and some protests broke out following last weeks Supreme Court ruling establishing marriage
equality in all 50 states. The White House was even illuminated in rainbow colors after the ruling.
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6 arrested protesting treatment of LGBT immigrants


ICE issues guidance
for trans detainees
By CHRIS JOHNSON &
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
The agency of the Department of
Homeland Security responsible for
detaining and deporting undocumented
immigrants unveiled new guidance this
week for a respectful, safe and secure
environment for transgender people in
immigration detention.
Despite
the
revised
guidance,
advocates staged a die-in protesting the
treatment of trans detainees on Tuesday
at the White House.
The 18-page memorandum, dated
June 19 and signed by Thomas
Homan, executive associate director of
enforcement and removal operations
within the U.S. Immigration & Customs
Enforcement, spells out new instructions
to update data systems, identication
and processing and housing placement
for transgender detainees.
Additionally, the guidance announces
the creation of a new national ERO LGBTI
coordinator, wholl coordinate care of LGBT
people in detention. Each of the 24 ERO Field
Oces are set to designate local LGBT eld
liaisons to serve as resources for ocers,
DHS also announced on Monday.
In a statement, Homan said the
memo rearms ICEs commitment to
provide a safe, secure, and respectful
environment for all those in our custody,
including those individuals who identify
as transgender.
We want to make sure our employees
have the tools and resources available
to learn more about how to interact
with transgender individuals and ensure
eective standards exist to house and
care for them throughout the custody
cycle, Homan added.
Under the new guidance, ocials are
required to enable detainees to identify as
transgender on data forms. For detainees
that identify as transgender, ocials are
instructed to consider detention that
has medical personnel with experience
in providing care, including hormone
therapy,
to
transgender
people.
Placement into a segregated unit should
only be used as a last resort when no
other temporary housing exists.
Richard Rocha, an ICE spokesperson,
said the administration shared the
guidance rst with ocers and close
non-governmental
organizations
stakeholders, but held o until now to
publicize the change.
The memo was made public after more
than 30 House Democrats led by Rep.
Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) wrote to Homeland
Security Secretary Jeh Johnson last week

Advocates stage a die-in at the intersection of 16th and H Streets, N.W., near the White House on June 30.
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FELIPE SOUSA-RODRIGUEZ sits in the


intersection of 16th and H Streets, N.W.,
near the White House on June 30, before D.C.
police arrested him and ve others.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

and called for an update to the policy


for transgender detainees, saying the
current system leaves trans immigrants
vulnerable to abuse.
Also last week, Jennicet Gutirrez, an
undocumented transgender immigrant
and activist aliated with GetEQUAL
and FAMILIA TQLM, heckled President
Obama for a two-minute period during
the annual White House Pride reception

and was later escorted out of the event.


In an op-ed for the Washington Blade,
Gutirrez said she interrupted Obama
to draw attention to harsh treatment of
trans people in immigration detention.
Meanwhile, D.C. police on Tuesday
arrested six people during a protest
against the detention of undocumented
LGBT immigrants.
Ocers took Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez,
Brooke Cerda-Guzman, Joselyn Mendoza,
Richard Masson, Dagoberto Bailon and
Damian Lima into custody after they
refused to leave the intersection of 16th
and H Streets in front of Lafayette Park.
The advocates, who had wrapped
chains around their waists, were standing
or sitting in the intersection near the
White House for roughly two hours before
D.C. police arrested them. Ocers issued
them tickets for blocking the intersection
and released them a short time later.
Nine others staged a die-in to
symbolize the undocumented LGBT
immigrants who have died while in
detention and those they said lost their
lives after U.S. ocials deported them to
their countries of origin.
Sousa-Rodriguez, an undocumented
immigrant from Brazil who identies as
queer, came to the U.S. when he was 14. He
said during the protest that it wasnt easy
to be an undocumented person and queer
at the same time because he had to live
with the constant fear of deportation, with
the constant fear of detention.

People are being tortured in our own


country, in detention centers, said SousaRodriguez, who is the deputy managing
director of United We Dream, a group
that advocates on behalf of immigrants.
They may be far away from here, but
theyre too close to our families, too close
to our own lives.
Mendoza, a transgender woman
from New York, urged the Obama
administration to close immigrant
detention center because trans detainees
are raped, killed and denied their
medications.
Stop the deportations of the LGBT
community and close those detention
centers, she said in Spanish.
Pride at Work Executive Director Jerame
Davis is among the more than 70 people
who attended the protest that United We
Dream organized alongside Casa Ruby,
GetEQUAL and Make the Road New York.
The National LGBTQ Task Force also took
part in the demonstration.
We have an opportunity to let our
president know that although hes leaving
a legacy for LGBT rights, he left some
(behind) in the process, said Casa Ruby
CEO Ruby Corado to those who gathered
in front of Lafayette Park. He left LGBT
immigrants whose only dream was to
survive, to be in a place where they can
nally nd some dignity. He also left
behind an entire transgender community
and we sit here to remember the deaths
of those who never had a chance.

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Maryland woman who allegedly received a note from a neighbor saying her
yard decorations are relentlessly gay, a rally was held in Baltimore bearing the
same name. About 30 people gathered at Mount Vernon Place on June 28 to not
only commemorate the anniversary of Stonewall and celebrate the victory for
marriage equality at the U.S. Supreme Court but also to emphasize that the work
in Baltimore, in Maryland and in the United States regarding the broader LGBT
community is not over.
Brian Gaither of the Homophobia Opposition Network, who helped organize
the event, enumerated several areas that need to be addressed, including LGBT
homelessness, racism, homophobia, the stigma of HIV/AIDS and violence against
LGBT people including unsolved murders of transgender individuals.
Several community leaders spoke through a bullhorn to elaborate on those
issues. AIDS activist Carlton Smith pointed out that in Baltimore-TowsonColumbia, one-third of African-American gay men ages 18-35 are HIV positive
and there is a need for gay men to be tested.
Bryanna Jenkins and Monica Yorkman of Baltimore Trans United a coalition
of transgender advocacy groups emphasized that this struggle is far from
over and that trans people are not on equal ground. The organization is
planning a march for July 24 in the Charles Village neighborhood to call attention
to transgender issues.
Paul Liller, deputy director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) and Jabari Lyles,
a GLCCB board member pointed out that the center is not a legislative advocacy
organization but a community-based one. Liller asked the crowd to not judge
the center by its past and to move forward. Lyles said that trans issues are gay
mens issues, too, and he urged everybody to attend meetings and become
involved.
Morgan-Menesses Sheets, a former executive director of Equality Maryland,
emphasized the importance of marriage equality and how her family has been
impacted by its enactment. But she acknowledged that it is far from the end of
achieving equality.
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Courts decision in Obergefell v. Hodges as well as to highlight the issues still
facing the broader LGBT community, Gaither told the Blade. Recognition of
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DENVER A new study from the University of Colorado Denver nds that
there has already been scientic consensus on same-sex parenting for decades,
ThinkProgress and other outlets reported.
By assessing a compilation of all of the available studies that have examined
same-sex parenting and studying the trends and shifts between them,
researchers were able to determine when the scientic community started to
agree that there were no dierences in children raised by same-sex couples and
dierent-sex couples. Despite conicting arguments made this year in Supreme
Court amicus briefs, the consensus is not new, the ThinkProgress article notes.
According to the study, there was already a developing consensus arming
same-sex parenting among social scientists by 1990. By 2000 and thereafter,
that consensus has been overwhelming. Lead researcher Jimi Adams, associate
professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Studies at CU Denver
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, told ThinkProgress that even though there is
still the occasional dissent, even those dissenters seem to agree that consensus
exists. Theyre forced instead to claim that they think that the existing consensus
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Reparative therapy group deemed fraud in N.J.


JERSEY CITY, N.J. A nonprot organization that claimed it could turn gay men
straight violated New Jerseys Consumer Fraud Act, a jury concluded Thursday
in a civil trial that an attorney for the plaintis called a momentous event for
LGBT rights, the Associated Press reports.
The jury said that Jews Oering New Alternatives for Healing, co-founder
Arthur Goldberg and counselor Alan Downing made misrepresentations and
engaged in unconscionable business practices. Three men and two parents
were awarded about $72,000 in damages. The judge will rule later on their
request to revoke the companys license, plaintis attorneys said according to
the AP report.
This is a momentous event in the history of LGBT rights, attorney David
Dinielli said according to the AP. The same lies that motivate gay conversion
therapy motivate homophobia that gay people are broken and need to be
xed. The strength of our plaintis brought that to light.
Attorneys for the plaintis argued during the trial that the group, known by
the acronym JONAH, claimed a success rate that wasnt backed up by actual
statistics and used therapy methods that had no scientic basis, including
having one client beat a pillow, meant to represent his mother, with a tennis
racket, the article notes.
In an emailed statement, defense attorney Charles LiMandri called the verdict
a sad day, not just for my clients, but for America. All of us can control our
sexual behavior and each of us has not only the right but the obligation to decide
what is right and wrong about our behavior, the statement added.
LiMandri told the AP he would seek justice on appeal.

AIDS-related illness still deadly for some: study


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suppressing HIV, a new study nds that more than one-third of people in San
Francisco who were diagnosed with an AIDS-related infection died within ve
years despite the availability of medications that have proven successful at
suppressing HIV, U.S. News and World Report reports.
The main cause of mortality arises from people stopping treatment entirely,
said Dr. Robert Grant, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco,
who reviewed the ndings but was not involved in the research.
When HIV treatment lapses, so-called opportunistic infections and illnesses
can arise, posing a real threat to patients health, he said. The bottom line,
according to Grant, is that there is still a long way to go in prolonging the lives
of Americans with HIV/AIDS, the magazine reports.
The new study was led by Dr. Sandra Schwarcz, associate professor of
epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. She
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A country bathed in rainbow light


Celebrating marriage victory
and looking ahead

KEVIN NAFF is editor of the Washington Blade


and can be reached at kna@washblade.com.

Words seemed inadequate at the news that


the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex
marriage in all 50 states last week. The images
of that day were overwhelming couples
celebrating, James Obergefell standing on the
steps of the court and the ultimate: the White
House lit up in rainbow colors.
Who could have imagined such a scene 10
years ago when President Bush was cruelly
and cynically running his re-election campaign
on our backs?
But that feels like an eternity ago, a time
when Democrats supported us privately but
almost never in public. When a closeted Ken
Mehlman pushed constitutional amendments
in key battleground states to ban same-sex
marriage and drive out conservative voters.
When brave soldiers served from the closet.
And then came President Obama. No mat-

ter what you think of him or his policies on


other issues, Obamas push for LGBT equality
will likely rank as his second biggest achievement and key part of his legacy, right after
healthcare reform.
Obama has eloquently stood up to the hypocrites in his own party, to our opponents in
the Republican Party and to the critics in the
black church to push for equality. He publicly
endorsed marriage equality before the 2012
election, when even LGBT advocates were privately hoping hed wait until after Election Day
to do so.
Of course, he didnt do it alone. Last weeks
victory was the culmination of a decades-long
struggle pioneered by many brave and patient
souls, including Evan Wolfson and Andrew Sullivan, among many others. But the real credit
goes to everyday LGBT people who waged
their own private and often thankless and difcult battles to come out and live honest lives.
Forcing the world to see us as we are and not as
hateful stereotypes is what ultimately enabled
a sitting president to support us so openly. We
must never forget the sacrice of a generation
of gay men who did not live to celebrate last
week, who suered and died while an indifferent government looked the other way. The
AIDS epidemic forced many of us out of the
closet and taught the survivors how to organize
and ght eectively. The impact of the epidemic on last weeks victory cant be overstated.
And now we must continue the ght and

capitalize on the momentum of the moment.


In too many states, you can still be red for
being gay or transgender. You can be denied
housing or credit. Our youth are bullied and
suer disproportionately from homelessness.
The transgender community suers disproportionately from violence and unemployment. Too many young gay men, particularly
men of color, are contracting HIV. Our LGBT elders are too often forced back into the closet.
We should continue pushing for comprehensive civil rights protections so that LGBT
employees can be judged on their competence
and not their sexual orientation or gender identity at work. And we must ght back against socalled religious freedom bills. The fact remains
that 40 percent of Americans in recent polls
remain opposed to our right to wed. That number will continue to fall, but judging from reactions on the right, we have much more work
ahead in convincing fellow Americans that we
deserve equality of opportunity.
And we shouldnt be shy about it. The right
is wrong when it comes to LGBT issues and we
should tell them so. In a recent Fox News piece,
Howard Kurtz claims the media owe anti-gay
voices tolerance. Bullocks. The hate mongers
of the right had their day and its mercifully
over. A new generation and era have arrived
and theres no need to apologize for it. LGBT
people have suered long enough and have
earned the right to celebrate and to see the
country we love bathed in rainbow light.
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Hillary is best suited to tackle LGBT challenges


She has stood with our
community since AIDS ght
By BRUCE COHEN
Each year we celebrate June as Pride
month. Its a time to celebrate the impact
that our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community have on this world. This
time is also a constant reminder for me
and my husband, Gabe, of the friends we
have lost over the years and all the work
that still needs to be done to ensure that
each and every one of us has the opportunity to live our lives free from discrimination.
While the month is now over, I couldnt
let it pass without sharing my thoughts
about someone who has consistently
stood by the LGBTQ community and who
I have always counted as a dear, personal
friend. That person is Hillary Clinton.
Hillarys campaign has released a video
called Equal, a touching mix of stories of
the triumphs and tribulations of those in

the LGBTQ community, alongside inspiring words of Hillary Clinton throughout


the years as she has fought for progress
for us all. Throughout her career in public service, Hillary has fought for LGBTQ
rights, called for an end to discrimination
based on sexual orientation, and worked
tirelessly to ensure that everyone has the
opportunity to fulll their potential in this
world.
Almost 25 years ago, Hillary Clinton
met with some of my friends at AIDS
Project Los Angeles, many of whom were
suering from HIV/AIDS. Hillary was one
of the few public gures at the time to
join our community in the ght against
the spread of that deadly disease. Since
then, I have followed her career as a
public ocial and have watched her
tackle issues that most politicians have
long ignored.
In the Senate, Hillary fought to lift restrictions that blocked gay and lesbian
couples from adopting children, she
spoke out against Dont Ask, Dont Tell,
and she repeatedly called for passage of

the Employment Non-Discrimination Act


to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace.
More recently, as Secretary of State,
Hillary championed LGBTQ rights internationally. Secretaries of State are not
often agents of social causes, but Secretary Clinton used her role to highlight
the human rights abuses and violations
that LGBTQ people face in countries
all across the world. Whats more, she
fought tirelessly on the global stage for
a comprehensive human rights agenda,
including protections for LGBTQ people.
During her time at the State Department, Hillary Clinton made history as an
advocate for the LGBTQ community, not
just here in America, but throughout the
world. At a speech in Geneva, Switzerland
to celebrate International Human Rights
Day, Hillary made a bold declaration that
showed us in the gay community and
leaders all over the world her true dedication to the cause: Gay rights are human
rights, and human rights are gay rights.
Those words may seem simple, but they

were historic and had a profound impact


on me and the LGBTQ community, and
they will continue to do so for years to
come.
Its been almost 25 years since she
met with my friends at AIDS Project
Los Angeles, and almost 15 years since
I hosted an LGBTQ fundraiser for her
first Senate campaign at my house in
Los Angeles, and a lot has changed
since then. Now Hillary Clinton is running for president, and there is no one
better suited to take on the challenges
faced by the LGBTQ community. There
is no doubt in my mind that Hillary
Clinton will build a better future for all
Americans, free from discrimination
and prejudice. Thats why Im supporting her for president.
BRUCE COHEN is an Academy Award-winning
producer in lm, television and theater. He is
best known for producing American Beauty,
Milk, and Silver Linings Playbook. He has
been a longtime advocate for LGBTQ rights
and recently served as board president of the
American Foundation for Equal Rights.

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The president sings of grace


Justice comes from recognizing
ourselves in each other

RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist.


Reach him at rrosendall@starpower.net.

President Obama had the best week


of his career last week, with victories on
trade, fair housing, healthcare and marriage equality that cemented his legacy.
But instead of taking a victory lap, he
capped his week with a eulogy in the form
of a sermon on grace.
Black churches have gured prominently in my thoughts lately. On Stonewall
Sunday, going through my Twitter feed, I
found a joint Fathers Day sermon delivered the week before by the Revs. Otis
Moss II and III at Trinity United Church
of Christ in Chicago. In addition to being
LGBT-arming, Trinity is famous for its
tradition of prophetic preaching, thanks
to video loops of its previous pastor, Jeremiah Wright, that roiled the 2008 presi-

dential campaign.
Near the close of Justice Anthony Kennedys marriage opinion, he gave a nod to
Jim Obergefell: As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage
embodies a love that may endure even
past death. Outside the court, Obergefell
held a photo of his late husband and took
a call from the president. The Gay Mens
Chorus of Washington sang The StarSpangled Banner, tacitly embracing the
words above the courts entrance: Equal
Justice Under Law.
The act of domestic terror that took
the president to South Carolina later
that day was intended by its perpetrator to start a race war. As Obama noted, however, when Dylann Roof murdered pastor and state Sen. Clementa
Pinckney and eight other members of
Charlestons Emanuel A.M.E. Church at
a Bible study meeting, he did not account for the power of grace.
The Revs. Moss the previous Sunday
spoke of prophetic grief, of how inhabiting anothers pain can lead to healing.
Understandably, some were not ready
for such talk. Before healing, they wanted
justice. I think this misreads the forgiveness by the families of the fallen. They
were not surrendering, nor calling for the
killers release. They urged him to repent.

He appeared too warped by hate to receive their wisdom; but they refused to
give in to hate.
These members of a storied black
congregation had welcomed a white
stranger because of their faith: For
I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I
was a stranger and you welcomed me.
(Matthew 25:35) Their grace in the face
of terror and grief had the rare eect
of shifting the nations political ground.
Within days, a movement swept the
South to remove the banner of treason
and slavery from its places of honor.
The campaign feels like a long-delayed
last battle of the Civil War.
The Fourteenth Amendment, ratied
on the heels of the Union victory, provided the basis 150 years later for a landmark
ruling for same-sex couples citing its Due
Process and Equal Protection clauses. Try
as we might to separate our struggles,
our history throws us together, as illustrated by Kennedys citations of the 1967
decision in Loving v. Virginia ending state
bans on interracial marriage. Obama said
of Pinckney, Clem understood that justice grows out of recognition of ourselves
in each other.
The president began to sing Amazing
Grace, and the organist and congrega-

tion joined in. A few days earlier, state


Sen. Paul Thurmond, son of a segregationist, had said of the rebel ag, I am not
proud of this heritage. In his eulogy, the
president brought up Americas obsession with guns. An issue long untouchable
was made approachable by a tragedys
exposure of the dirty secret that our gun
xation is substantially fueled by white
supremacy.
The marriage victory required decades of work by countless people.
More work remains, from transgender
and immigrant rights to police reform,
employment protections, and rebuffing the false pose of victimhood by religious bullies.
Recognizing our kinship in a rancorous
era, and summoning the civility to work
together, is a challenge. Some will be
lulled, despite the narrow 5-4 decision,
into a sense of historical inevitability.
Progress, like grace, is not guaranteed
to us. Our natural instinct is not to welcome those unlike us, as the martyrs of
Mother Emanuel did that Wednesday
evening, not far from the docks where
their ancestors arrived in chains. We have
much to learn from their unconquerable
spirit.
Copyright 2015 by Richard J. Rosendall.
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Mendelson goes off the rails with tax cuts


Council should focus instead
on xing D.C.s problems

PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights


and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
for the Blade.

Once upon a time, Phil Mendelson was


an understanding politician not one
I always agreed with, but someone who
seemed to comprehend the role of government, which includes helping those who
cant help themselves.
He seemed to understand while not giving handouts, government should be there
to oer a hand up to people in need allowing them to build a better life for themselves
and their families.
Today, Mendelson seems to have forgotten all of that. His latest eort to cut taxes
for those who dont need a tax cut is an
apparent attempt to appeal to the upper

middle class and the rich while forgetting


about the poor.
The District of Columbia is still two cities
one well o and benetting from a rebounding economy and the other poor and
yet to benet from the new economy. Mendelson, like me, is a part of the segment of
society doing well. A member of the group
with top-tier healthcare, a growing retirement fund, excellent housing, often with a
two-income household with children doing
well in school partially because of all the
benets their parents economic status allows them to have at home.
You would think the chair of the Council
of D.C., who once claimed to be a liberal,
would have as his goal to pass legislation
that would work to see every family and every child has that same chance to succeed.
Instead it now appears Mendelson has decided, I want to protect what I have and
anything left over can be used for others.
That is not how we should be governing
in the District of Columbia. We know there
are enormous problems in our city needing
attention. The opportunity to x them or
at least make a dent in those problems will
take money. Some of the areas in which additional funding is needed include programs
to eliminate homelessness; programs to

train people for available jobs; upgrading


our re and EMS services; improving and
expanding our summer jobs programs for
young people; and ensuring the appropriate level of slots and training for the MPD.
We need to fund programs such as the
Clinton initiative Too Small to Fail, which provides materials and help for children from
birth to age ve so their brains can grow and
they have the opportunity to reach their full
God-given potential. Funds are needed to
provide child care so poor parents can afford to go to work and money for school
programs focusing on those needing more
from their schools than children coming from
middle and upper socio-economic homes.
What clearly isnt needed is a tax cut. My
life, like that of the Council chair, is such that
we would tend to spend much of our time
with people who are in the middle and upper middle class socio-economic sector of
society. Recently having spent time fundraising for Hillary Clintons presidential campaign, I have spent more time with people
who would be considered by many to be
wealthy. Not once in discussions with any
of them over what needs to be done to improve life in D.C. has anyone mentioned a
tax cut. That has never come up in any conversation. People talk about cutting the red

tape for starting a small business in the District; they talk about the dysfunction at Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA); they discuss the need to build
new middle schools and improve programming at the ones that exist; and they want
to ensure there are enough good teachers
so we dont vastly increase class sizes. They
talk about everything but a tax cut.
So my question to Mendelson and anyone else on the Council who thinks tax cuts
are crucial at this time is: Who are they talking to? Who is telling you that above all the
problems we have in the District a tax cut is
their priority?
I would venture if Mendelson and any
other Council member asks a constituent
who mentions a tax cut if instead they would
rather see better schools, more police on the
street, better EMS services, less homelessness and more job training, suddenly the tax
cut issue, except for someone who is selsh
or a conservative Republican, would suddenly fall to the bottom of their list of wants.
I urge the D.C. Council to reject any
more tax cuts for the wealthy until they
have solved all the other problems in the
District. Once they can claim they have
dealt with all these other issues then go
ahead and talk tax cuts.
O U R BU SI N E SS MA T T E RS

Yes, the queer revolution lost, and were the reason


A historic legal victory to live
ordinary lives rankles radical
LGBT leftists

MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur


and community business advocate. Follow
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.

It was huge.
Big enough that awareness of the armation of LGBT lives still comes in waves, in moments of random reection or simple quietude. Eyes well up with tears from time to
time. Thoughts of friends no longer with us
to witness this moment in U.S. history oer
a bittersweet tribute to their memory, their
lives and longings, and those they loved.
The Supreme Court ruling announced
last Friday morning that established a national right to marriage for all Americans
was almost universally expected and sur-

prised few. Signicant majorities of all but


only a handful of demographic groups
notably white evangelical Christians, black
Protestants, and Republicans over 60 supported marriage equality in advance of the
decision. Fully three-fourths of the country
considered legalization inevitable.
Absent a few anxious heartbeats that
there would be an unexpected decision,
unacceptable limitation or unanticipated
development, the court order unfurled as
predictably as the rainbow ags held aloft
outside the high court building and the U.S.
Capitol. The solitary disappointment was it
didnt come with the concurrence of six, instead of ve, justices. Chief Justice John Roberts apparently needs to get out more, given his assertion the country isnt yet ready
to accept what an overwhelming majority
have embraced.
A collective awareness within and beyond
those directly and dramatically aected that
suddenly everything has changed, and will
continue to change based on this single
critical victory, continues to grow with the
passage of each day. A decision that many
didnt dare to dream a mere decade ago,
and which occurred more expeditiously
than most expected, will produce a plethora
of pathways to comprehensive equality in

all aspects of our lives. Those with so-called


religious objections are right to be worried, as fundamental human equality is not,
and never should be, limited by the prejudices of any church or sanctimonious belief.
The primary obstacle to the pace of continued progress will prove to be the glacial
gears of government. If we could have been
spared anything in the run-up to the decision, and after-glow of its announcement,
it would have best been the self-congratulation of politicians who until only recently
managed the temerity to evolve to supporting marriage equality. That and the
shocking unpreparedness of other politicians to react in appropriate fashion yes,
Republican presidential candidates, were
looking at you.
We won because the nation got to know
us and came to realize were no dierent
than they. The nations nonchalant reaction
was less disinterest than dismay it had taken
so long or that such a fuss was being made.
Yet, no matter how predictable, the complainers immediately began raising their
voices. And they were some of us.
Leftist LGBT laments quickly began popping up, criticizing the community for its
acceptance of assimilation, perceived pandering to privilege and outright rejection

of cultural rebellion. According to liberal


extremists disappointed in developments
that will prove in hindsight to be a historical legacy of the magnitude that Brown v.
Board of Education is to racial equality, the
victory was shameful.
Yes, the queer revolution lost, and were
the reason.
Although Justice Anthony Kennedys written opinion for the majority was more prosaic than poetry, more marriage manifesto
than clarion call for equality, it accurately reected an aspiration and concern common
to the vast majority of LGBT Americans.
For all those who grew up not knowing another gay person, feeling alone and worried
about being lonely, Kennedy captured the
desire for a life that allows the large comfort
of legal companionship.
What the radical lesbian and gay left fails
to comprehend is, despite the fact that fewer than anticipated desire to marry based
on statistics in states where the right has
been relatively long established, we seek
the mundaneness of living our lives in a
manner those not gay take for granted. We
dont seek something special, but extraordinarily ordinary.
As it turns out, thats what we wanted to
win.

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By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO &
MARIAH COOPER
With last weeks Supreme Court ruling
in Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex couples
suddenly have a lot of new options for
destination weddings.
Before June 26, there were 13 states
that did not allow gays to wed. We looked
at o-the-beaten-path venues in each of
those states you might want to consider
if you want to walk down the aisle in a
memorable way.

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NEBRASKA
The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill
The Matt to locals claims its North
Downtown Omahas best event bar
located in one of the areas oldest historic
buildings, an 1883 beautiful brick building
that started as the Stabrie Grocery Store
but later became the Central Mattress
Company where, from 1945 into the 1990s,
mattresses were built, sold and shipped.
Matt owners have taken pride in
preserving its interiors and the site oers
a newly renovated bar/restaurant within
the original brick walls and architecture
of the old Stabrie building. The unusually
high ceilings and restored wood timbers
and beams give the place an open and
authentic atmosphere.
Although only about 15 weddings have
been conducted there in Cyndi Murphys

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Billed as the rst ever wedding under


the faces of Mount Rushmore, a group
wedding this fall will be gay. On Sept.
6, a National Marriage Celebration
is planned for LGBT couples and allies
where couples can wed or rededicate
their vows. Ociants will perform the
ceremony and sign marriage certicates.
Come solemnize or rededicate your
vows at the historic event at the Shrine of
Democracy, organizers say. Dinner and
reception will be held in Rapid City after
the ceremony.
The event is being organized by the
Black Hills Center for Equality, a Rapid
City, S.D.-based LGBT group. Details at
bhcfe.org.

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In a Blade interview last year, actress
Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) said she would love
to see a gay Southfork wedding.
Sure, why not?, she said.

seven years there, its a popular spot for


receptions.
Oh, we do a ton, Murphy says. At
least one reception a week.
She says the Matt has already hosted
several same-sex receptions and the sta
would be delighted to do more.
Absolutely, she says. We dont
discriminate against anybody. If youre in
love, have at it.
Details at themattomaha.com.

Sail away to your new life together on


the Lewis & Clark Riverboat, owned and
operated by the Fort Abraham Lincoln
Foundation. The riverboat is available
May through September to enjoy the
scenic Missouri River.
You and 100 guests can enjoy a
ceremony held on the upper deck,
wedding decor, a pre-event rehearsal,
cash bar and sta. A variety of catering
and reception options are available.
Rates vary depending on day and length
of event but start at $1,100.
Although theyve had no same-sex
weddings yet, Eryn Anderson, who works
in the ticket oce, says of course theyre
open to that.
We were just going to do a Pride event
a couple weeks ago but it got cancelled
because of weather, she says. But we
have weddings here all the time and are
denitely open to that.
Details at lewisandclarkriverboat.com.

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TEXAS
If you want a big Texas wedding
Ewing style, Southfork Ranch is happy to
welcome you. Get married in style at the
site of such famous Dallas weddings as
Mitch and Lucy, J.R. and Sue Ellen (twice)
and even Miss Ellie and Clayton. Lucys
wedding dress is displayed on site along
with other props from the classic soap
(1978-1991 and 2012-2014).
Southfork Ranch LLC allows same-sex
and opposite-sex marriages as well as
all denominations and cultures to marry
here, says Janna Timm, regional director
of sales and marketing for the ranch.
Same-sex couples have already wed
there. The busy site averages about 75
weddings a year.
The Southfork Ranch Conference
& Event Center in Parker, Texas (20
miles north of downtown Dallas) has 10
dierent ballrooms to host events of all
sizes. Two full-time event professionals
are on hand to help you with all details.

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TENNESSEE
Want to give your wedding a macabre
twist? Look no further than the Death Yard
Haunted Attraction in Nashville, which lets
you get married in a haunted house with
all the ghosts, ghouls, goblins and more.
Dark Weddings oer a languished,
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How long have you been out and who


was the hardest person to tell?
On New Years Eve 1960, I came out
as a gay man at the Scenic Bar, a gay
establishment in downtown Toledo,
Ohio.I was so enthusiastic about
being gay that I had no trouble letting
members of my large Catholic family
and friends know about my sexual
orientation.

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By JOEY DiGULIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Paul Kuntzler is in Philadelphia this weekend for the 50th anniversary of
the Independence Hall protest he participated in with a handful of other early
gay rights activists on July 4, 1965.
As one of few survivors at the original event, hes an honored guest
for the weekends festivities, which include services, concerts, parties,
commemorations, a lm screening and the main event, a ceremony Saturday
afternoon at Independence Hall in which pioneers such as the late Frank
Kameny and the late Barbara Gittings will be honored for their early bravery
in an era when very few were out. Full details on the festivities at lgbt50th.org.
Kuntzler, a 73-year-old Michigan native, came to Washington in 1961 for
the Kennedy inauguration. The next evening he met a group of young gay
men and attended an apartment party on New Hampshire Avenue. About a
year later in February 1962, Kuntzler met Kameny at the Chicken Hut (a gay
bar) and became active with the Mattachine Society of Washington, part of a
network of early gay rights groups that made up the East Coast Homophile
Organization (ECHO), which staged the annual July 4th demonstrations yearly
from 1965-1969.
Kuntzler says that initial group of activists (about 150 in the entire
country) were primarily concerned with employability in federal and District
government and having the American Psychiatric Association de-classify
homosexuality as a mental illness.
During the early to mid-1960s, most of us in the movement neverunderstood
that our community would eventually achieve its astonishing progress, he
wrote in a recent Blade op-ed. Most of us never thought gays would be able
to serve openly in both the government and in the military and that there
would be laws protecting us against discrimination.And the idea of same-sex
marriage was beyond our imagination.
About a month after meeting Kameny, Kuntzler met his partner, Stephen
Brent Miller. They were together 42 years until Millers death in 2004. Kuntzler
is an avid reader and often goes to movies two or three times per week. He is
also an avid traveler and has visited all 50 states and has been to Europe many
times as well as Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Brazil, Mexico and other countries.

202.747.2077

Whos your LGBT hero?


Dr. Franklin E. Kameny is my LGBT
hero.I met Frank on Sunday evening,
February 25, 1962 at the Chicken Hut.
Frank was president of the Mattachine
Society of Washington, the Districts rst
gay-rights group.

Whats Washingtons best


nightspot, past or present?
Annies Paramount Steak House is my
favorite nightspot. Stephen and I started
having dinner at Annies during summer
1962 when the restaurant was located
where JR.s is now on 17th Street.The
number one steak then was $1.25.

Describe your dream wedding.


Stephen and I became legally domestic
partners in the District on Aug. 9, 2002.If
Stephen were still living, we would be
married.

What non-LGBT issue are


you most passionate about?
The assassination of President John
Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963 in Daley Plaza
in downtown Dallas. I was just 21 when I
returned to my oce from lunch at 1520
18th Street, N.W., to discover that JFK
was dead. I can remember the details of
that four-day weekend as if it were only
yesterday.

What historical outcome


would you change?
At 73, I am a member of the John
F. Kennedy research community.I
lecture, do research and consult on
JFKs assassination.I lectured last for
the D.C. library at the Georgetown
Library on R Street, N.W. on Saturday,
Nov. 22, 2014.JFK had six residences
in Georgetown with the last at 3307 N
St., N.W., until Friday morning, Jan. 20,
1961 when John and Jacqueline left for
his inauguration and the White House.
The course of both American and world
history was profoundly changed as a
result of JFKs murder.

Whats been the most memorable pop


culture moment of your lifetime?
When I saw Judy Garland in person at
the Palace Theatre in New York on a
Sunday afternoon in August 1967.

On what do you insist?


Air conditioning is the one quality-of-life
convenience on which I most insist.

What was your last


Facebook post or Tweet?
I am not on Facebook and I do not
Tweet.

If your life were a book,


what would the title be?
Optimism.My mother, who was born
in Toronto, Canada on March 9, 1916,
was the most positive person I have ever
known. She gave me the great gift of
optimism.

If science discovered a
way to change sexual orientation,
what would you do?
Nothing

What do you believe in


beyond the physical world?
Mostly community and that I have a
responsibility for the welfare of others
but also that there is something more
than just what I can measure in physical
terms.

Whats your advice for


LGBT movement leaders?
Continue to beinterested about
everyone in society and to work to help
resolve such issues as global warming.

What would you walk


across hot coals for?
Tohave Stephen return to life.During
May 27-28, I was in Statesville, N.C., to
visit Stephens grave.

What LGBT stereotype


annoys you most?
The use of the word queer. As someone
who joined the gay rights movement at
20 in March 1962, we fought against gay
people being called queers.

Whats your favorite LGBT movie?


Brokeback Mountain

Whats the most o


verrated social custom?
Cell phones and need of so many people
to be constantly connected.
What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
To nally break through the American
medias web of lies as opposed to
the foreign press about what really
happened to President Kennedy on that
terrible day in November 1963 and to
help bring the truth to the American
people that JFK was murdered in a
government-wide conspiracy.

What do you wish youd known at 18?


That I would a have a successful life here
in Washington and that I would have a
partner for more than 42 years.

Why Washington?
John Fitzgerald Kennedy.I came for his
inauguration and never left.

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THEATER

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ANDREAS WYDER hopes Broadway and marriage are in his future.

Elaborate video brings


classic tale to life
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
Since he was little, out actor Andreas
Wyder has loved Peter Pan, the boy who
wouldnt grow up. Hes read the original
J.M. Barrie story and has seen the Disney
animated classic, the various related lms
and most recently NBCs live production.
And now hes playing one of Captain
Hooks pirates in a high tech version of
the beloved tale in Tysons Corner Center.
Adapted from Barries book, this Peter
Pan is a play with music but what makes
the production unique is its performed
in the round in a 1,500-seat theater/tent
with 360-degree video backdrops for
most of the scenery.
Both the cast and audience are
transported to a virtual world. Its like
being inside a very high quality video
game, Wyder says. We y over the
rooftops of London, across water and
into the forests of Neverland. Sometimes
you forget where you are.
At just 21, Wyder is an actor with
options. He passed up a more lucrative
gig to tour with Peter Pan throughout
the end of the year. The prospect of living
in Neverland for a while, he says, was just
too good to refuse.
But playing menacing pirate Bill Jukes
wasnt an easy t for Wyder.
Usually I play the bright-eyed hopeful
young character. Thats easy for me its
kind of my natural demeanor. When I
auditioned for Peter Pan, I read for the
lost boys and did the lost boys dance,
so I was really surprised to learn that
Id been cast as a pirate. Initially, I was a
little intimidated; the other pirates are
tall with beards. Im short and dont seem
as threatening. But Im pretty muscly so I
have that going for me.
Unlike most tours that make weeklong stops
in dierent cities and towns, this productions
complicated tent assembly process calls for
longer stays. (Peter Pan at Tysons Corner
Center runs through mid-August.)
A veteran of national tours including

Titanic: the Musical and How the Grinch


Stole Christmas: the Musical in which he
played young Max, the Grinchs dog,
Wyder says he likes the nomadic life. He
loves seeing the country and exploring
venues along the way both historic gems
and new, high-tech marvels alike.
During his two-year national tour with
Grinch, Wyder created and hosted the
popular video-blog Puppy Tales (found on
BroadwayWorld.com/YouTube), documenting
backstage life with a traveling show. It gave
me an opportunity to give viewers a peek
behind the curtain and allowed me to answer
questions Id received via social media. I was
surprised but pleased by the blogs success. I
was able to further connect with people and
thats what theater is all about.
But touring puts stress on a relationship,
admits Wyder who when not on the road
lives in New Yorks Harlem with his boyfriend
of two-and-a-half years, also an actor.
We met during the tour of Titanic,
so he understands how it works. But its
hard. You really only have that phone call
at the end of the day. Still, Im ambitious
to a fault. I love my career and he knows
if I book a tour, Ill take the job.
A native of small-town Farmington,
Maine, Wyder knew he wanted to act since
age 3 when he saw the musical Cats
on public television. His parents, both
educators, supported the dream. He took
voices lessons and did community theater
and some professional gigs in Maine
before decamping to New York City at 17.
Hes worked uninterruptedly ever since.
The youngest of four children, he came
out to friends and family in middle school.
While the revelation didnt cause major
upset it wasnt altogether easy either.
My mom is super Catholic. But we ended
up not ghting because we love each other
so much. When youre not on the same
page, its better to choose to love.
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more interested in connecting with each
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without Dallas (Matthew McConaughey)
around, there are no references to
faggots. Tori and the patrons at her club
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panic. In addition, with the addition of
Rome and her crew, the movie is much
more diverse than its predecessor.
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their relationships to the men. Despite
Romas claims of female empowerment,
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as props and cash dispensers. The women
who watch from the sidelines magically
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women who are brought up on stage get
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which constitute most of the strip numbers.
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in a sling when the Big Dick Richie is done
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Capital Fringe Festival, a performing arts festival, presents several LGBTthemed shows during its run. It kicked o this week and runs through Aug 2.
mostly the Voice: a black lesbian journey, a musical theater solo
performance about a young black lesbian poet and songwriter, begins at
Gallaudet University in the Eastman Studio Theatre (800 Florida Ave., N.E.)
Saturday at 6:15 p.m. The show runs through July 26. J. scales wrote, composed
and stars in the show.
St. Jimmy Celebrates The Food at Our Feet, a comedy cabaret show about
cooking divinities such as Rachael Ray and Paula Deen by gay playwright Jimmy
Grzelak, is at Dance Place in the Hyman M. Perlo Studio (3225 8th St., N.E.) on July
18 at 3 p.m. and runs through July 16.
Bare Naked Comedy, a comedic burlesque show, shows at Logan Fringe
Arts Space in the Trinidad Theatre (1358 Florida Ave., N.E.) on July 11 at 8:05 p.m.
The show runs through July 24 and features local burlesque performers such as
Dainty Daindridge, Glam Gamz and more.
Poe Whitman, a solo performance by Robert Michael Oliver of Edgar Allen
Poes Silence, The Raven and Eureka and Walt Whitmans Song of Myself
is at Dance Place in the Hyman M. Perlo Studio. Performances of Poes and
Whitmans poems will be done on dierent nights. Whitmans poetry will be
performed on July 10 at 6:30 p.m., July 15 at 7 p.m. and July 23 at 8 p.m. Oliver
will perform Poes poetry on July 12 at 2:30 p.m., July 18 at 7:15 p.m. and July 26
at 1:45 p.m.
Interconnected, a dramatic play about three families lives that are aected
by the death of the father of one of the families, is at Atlas Performing Arts
Center (1333 H St., N.E.) starting July 11 at 4:30 p.m. The play features a bisexual
character. The show runs through July 25.
Tickets for each performance are $17. For a complete list of performances in
the festival and show times, visit capitalfringe.org.

Anniversary events continue in Philly


The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration continues this weekend
in Philadelphia having kicked o Thursday.
Todays (Friday) events include a national interfaith service at 4 p.m. at Historic
Christ Church with a sermon by Bishop Gene Robinson. At 6 p.m., the lm Gay
Pioneers will be screened at WHYY. A Live Nation concert is tonight at 7 p.m. at
the Festival Pier at Penns Landing and parties start at 10.
The main event is the anniversary ceremony on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to be
hosted by Wanda Sykes at Independence Hall. Theres a street festival Sunday.
The event was conceived to commemorate the historic Independence Day
1965 march in which early activists such as the late Frank Kameny and the late
Barbara Gittings held this series of pre-Stonewall demonstrations throughout
the late 1960s.
Full details on scheduling, locations and more is online at lgbt50th.org.

Numerous events will be happening all


over the local area to celebrate the Fourth
of July this weekend from reworks
displays to patriotic-themed club parties.
Girl Code D.C. hosts a Fourth of July
ladies dance party at Vita Lounge (1318
9th St., N.W.) on tonight (Friday) at 10 p.m.
The party also celebrates the Supreme
Courts nationwide legalization of LGBT
marriage. There will be $5 Ciroc shots and
hookah will also be available. For details,
visit facebook.com/girlcodedc.
National Archives (700 Pennsylvania
Ave., N.W.) hosts a reading of the
Declaration of Independence by
performers dressed as Thomas Jeerson,
John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Ned
Hector on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. From
noon-4 p.m., enjoy family activities such
as story time and crafts. There will also
be the chance to meet Revolutionary
gures like Abigail and John Adams,
Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, George
Washington and more. For details, visit
archives.org.
The city of Takoma Park holds
its rework display at Takoma Park
Middle School (7611 Piney Branch Rd.,
Md.) Saturday at approximately 9:30
p.m. There will be multiple vendors
selling food, drinks, T-shirts and other
novelties. For more information, visit
takomapark4th.org.
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Downtown Rehoboth Beach presents
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Main Street (28 Lake Ave., Rehoboth
Beach, De.) on Sunday at 9:15 p.m.
Live entertainment will be performed
before and after the reworks. For more
information, visit downtownrb.com.
The annual A Capitol Fourth
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Saturday night on the West Lawn of the
U.S. Capitol. Performers will include Barry
Manilow, Alabama, Nicole Scherzinger,
Hunter Hayes, Meghan Linsey, KC and
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Thru Aug 23. zenithgallery.com.
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703-534-5726. schlesingercenter.com.
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703-228-0560. arlingtonarts.org.
Publick Playhouse. Lynda Payton. Thru
Oct 13. 301-277-1710. arts.pgparks.com.
University of the District of Columbia.
DC Jazz Fest: Exhibition: Bringing Bossa
Nova to the United States. Thru Dec 30.
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Blochin - The Living and the Dead:
Episode 1. Jul 6. Goethe-Institut.
202-289-1200. goethe.de.
Our Crime was Being Jewish. Jul
9. National Archives. 202-357-5000.
archivesfoundation.org.

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TODAY
Team D.C. hosts Night Out at the
Nationals Extra versus the San Francisco
Giants at Nationals Park (1500 S Capitol
St., S.E.) tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18.
For more information and to purchase
tickets, visit nationals.com/teamdc.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
hosts a trans support group meeting
tonight at 7 p.m. The facilitated group
discussion is open to all members of the
community including partners, friends and
allies. For details, visit thedccenter.org.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct.,
N.W.) hosts Otter Crossing: Murder at
Midnight, a gay dance party, tonight at
10 p.m. DJ Adam Koussari-Amin will play
music for the night. Drink specials include
$5 Smirno vodka, $4 Fireball shots and
$3 Bud, Bud Light and Bud Light Lime.
Admission is free before 10 p.m. and
$5 after. For more information, visit
greenlanterndc.com.
Gay District meets at the D.C. Center
(2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 8:309:30 p.m. The facilitated group discussion
covers building understanding of gay
culture and personal identity and
awareness of community events for
LGBT men between the ages of 18 and
35 in the D.C. area. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org or gaydistrict.org.
A new LGB support group meets
today from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Shady
Grove Professional Building (16220 S.
Frederick Rd., Gaithersburg, Md.) for
individuals in Montgomery County.
The group will discuss coming out of
marriage, homophobia, parenting issues,
nding intimate relationships, LGB
resources in the suburbs and more. For
more information, visit thedccenter.org.

SATURDAY, JULY 4
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers today for the
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation at
the Falls Church PetSmart (6100 Arlington
Blvd., Falls Church, Va.) at 11:45 a.m. You
will be paired with a dog on a leash to
walk around and play with. Wear casual
clothes. For more information, visit
burgundycrescent.org.
Olney Theatre Center (2001 Olney Sandy
Spring Rd., Olney, Md.) presents The
Producers today at 2 and 8 p.m. The
Broadway musical won 12 Tony Awards
and is based on the 1968 lm of the same
name. Tickets range from $38-78. For more
details, visit olneytheatre.org.
Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts
DILF, a dance party, tonight at 9:30 p.m.
Drink specials will be $5 Bulleitt and
Titos vodka and $3 Miller Lite. There is

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numberninedc.com.
Code: Redux is at Glorious Health Club
(2120 West Virginia Ave., N.E.) tonight from
9 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ David Merrill and DJ Jake
Marx will play music for the night. Fetish
dress code is required for entry. For more
information, visit facebook.com/codec.

SUNDAY, JULY 5
Perrys (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts
its weekly Sunday Drag Brunch today
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95
for an all-you-can-eat buet. For more
details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts
a drag brunch today with two shows
at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more
information, visit nelliessportsbar.com.

MONDAY, JULY 6
Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St.,
S.E.) holds Yoga Mortis, a weekly yoga
class, today from 6-7 p.m. All skill levels
are welcome. Some props and a limited
number of mats will be provided. There
is a suggested donation of $10. For more
details, visit congressionalcemetry.org.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..)
hosts coee drop-in hours this morning
from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT
community. Older LGBT adults can
come and enjoy complimentary coee
and conversation with other community

members. For more information, visit


thedccenter.org.
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay black
men to discuss topics that aect them,
share perspectives and have meaningful
conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts Poker Face tonight at 8 p.m. Play
Texas Hold Em Poker for free. There
will be prizes. For more details, visit
nelliessportsbar.com.

TUESDAY, JULY 7
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts a Rap
Group today from 5-6:30 p.m. Discuss
stressful issues like school, bullying, getting
into college or nding a job in this support
group. For more details, visit smyal.org.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.)
hosts its weekly FUK!T Packing Party from
7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com.
Bachelors Mill has half-price drinks
from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. tonight. They also
have pool, video gaming systems and
cards. Admission is free. For more details,
visit bachelorsmill.com.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8
Big Gay Book Group meets at 1155
F St., N.W. Suite 200 tonight at 7 p.m.
to discuss Totempole by Sanford
Friedman, a story that follows a Jewish

boys childhood from ages 2-24.


For
more details, visit biggaybookgroup.com
or email biggaybookgroup@hotmail.com.
The Lambda Bridge Club hosts duplicate
bridge at the Dignity Center (721 8th St.,
S.E.) at 7:30 p.m. tonight. No reservations
needed and new comers welcome. If you
need a partner, call 703-407-6540.
Phase 1 (525 8th St., S.E.) hosts lube
wrestling tonight at 8:30 p.m. Katy Ray
will host the night. Guests who would like
to participate should bring a towel and
wear athletic clothing. Cover is $5. For
more details, visit facebook.com/phased.

THURSDAY, JULY 9
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts its weekly Beat the Clock Happy
Hour tonight from 5-8 p.m. Drink specials
start at $2 and increase by a dollar
each hour. For more information, visit
nelliessportsbar.com.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts Womens
Leadership Institute, a group for LBT
women and their straight allies ages 13-21
to discuss female sexuality, relationships
and womens rights today from 5-7 p.m. For
more information, visit smyal.org.
Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) holds
a happy hour today from 5-7:30 p.m. All
drinks are half price. There will be pool,
video gaming systems and cards. Admission
is $5 after 9 p.m. DJ Bling, DJ Freaky and DJ
Tim-Nice will play music for the night. For
more information, visit bachelorsmill.com.

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your ceremony that can be held inside or
out. Several packages are available. The
Tell-Tale Heart is a 30-minute event for
the couple and ociant only (no guests)
that runs $400 (Mondays-Thursdays) or
$475 on weekends.
A Nightmare Come True is one
hour and allows for the couple and six
guests and is $850 (weekdays) or $995
(weekends). Other packages vary and
include Till Death Do Us Part (two
hours), The Midnight Hour Ceremony
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Tybee Wedding Chapel (1114 US-80,


Tybee Island, Ga.) on Tybee Island is a
tropical getaway wedding for those that
want to stay stateside. Tybee Wedding
Chapel accommodates dierent types
of wedding ceremonies and receptions
including taking private elopements with
only one days notice.
The ceremony, reception, cocktail hour
or after party can all be handled in the
same space. For more information, visit
tybeeweddingchapel.com.

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum,


part of the Detroit Historical Society, (100
The Strand, Detroit, Mich.) is the ideal
venue for a maritime-themed wedding
ceremony. The museum boasts scenic
views of the Detroit River and Canada
inside the Gothic Room, which seats 40.
Couples can rent out single rooms from
the Gothic Room to DeRoy Hall, which
seats 120 people. They can also rent the
entire museum for their special day. For
more information, visit detroithistorical.
org/dossin-great-lakes-museum.

KENTUCKY
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couples
rejoice!
MovieLounge (7601 Rogers Ave., Fort
Smith, Ark.) is a mixture of traditional
wedding hall and movie theater. The
venue, owned by Dwight Curry (whos
gay), includes a main dining room,
two cinemas and a ballroom space.
Couples can even screen movies or
photo galleries for their receptions if
they choose.
MovieLounge has been serving the
gay community in their wedding needs
since its opening. We had one phone
call from a couple who had booked
a commitment ceremony at another
venue in town, Curry says. The owner
found out it was a gay couple and told
them they wouldnt do it. They called us
last minute and we were like absolutely.
Im really proud to be doing that kind of
thing for Fort Smith.

For more details, visit houseofblues.


com/neworleans.

Churchill Downs (700 Central Ave.,


Louisville, Ky.) is an interesting reception
location for after the vows have been
exchanged.
Churchill Downs, site of the annual
Kentucky Derby, has a variety of rooms to
rent that vary by number of people that
need to be accommodated and by views.
The Stakes Room has a view of the entire
track while the Triple Crown Room holds
views of the downtown skyline.
For more details, visit churchilldowns.com.

LOUISIANA
House of Blues New Orleans (225
Decatur St., New Orleans, La.) is an obeat
venue for a music-loving couple. Located
in the heart of the French Quarter, there
is both an outdoor and indoor space
available to host a reception.
Renting options range from booking the
restaurant for a sit down lunch to booking
the entire music hall to watch your
favorite local band, DJ or even headlining
artist give a special performance for the
memorable day.

MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi Agricultural Museum
(1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, Miss.) gives
a wedding a historical small town feel for
an intimate wedding gathering.
The Museum Church, a small historic
church that seats 100, is where the
wedding ceremony takes place, followed
by a reception at the Masonic Lodge. The
couple and their guests can walk through
Small Town on their way to the chapel
as well as shop at the General Store.
Details at mdac.ms.gov.

MISSOURI
Getting married in a barn has never
been so glamorous. Give your wedding
plenty of Southern charm by getting
married at Dodson Orchards (Madison
9563 Fredericktown, Mo.).
Take all of the typical wedding factors
and enjoy them inside Dodson Orchards
rustic barn. There are even hayrides
available for the couple and their guests to
have a true country wedding experience.
For details, visit dodsonorchards.com.

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Sellers want you to have


as few outs as possible
By SAMMY DWECK
In a market where many sellers receive
multiple oers, buyers who have their
heart set on a particular property need
a winning strategy. The Regional Sales
Contract is used for the vast majority of
re-sales in D.C. and Maryland and arms
agents with many if clauses, called contingencies, to protect either their buyers or their sellers. In a normal market, a
buyer looking to purchase a condominium
downtown would probably have an inspection contingency, an appraisal contingency, a nance contingency as well as a
review of the condominiums documents.
In this market, however, buyers are waiving protections to secure properties.
A sellers worst fear is to have to go back
to market after a contract falls through,
and having to explain why; it makes buyers suspicious and often hurts the sellers
bottom line. As such, the more certainty
a buyer can give a seller, that is, the fewer if clauses, the better positioned the
buyer is to win. Home sale contingencies are generally a no-go on hot properties so youre usually best to have your
place sold or under contract before you
buy. Cash is king in the nancing realm,
but just because a cash oer is on the
table doesnt mean you cant beat it with
a higher price and strong nancing. I recently helped a buyer beat a cash oer
with an escalation clause and a modied
appraisal contingency.

The appraisal contingency and nance


contingency seem to function in tandem
but the reality is that there are times
where you can use one without necessarily needing the protection of the other. A
strong down payment puts you in a better position to waive contingency clauses.
It is important that your agent is an expert in the Regional Sales Contract - a
savvy listing agent can see through rookie
contract tricks but a creative and experienced buyers agent can help you make
the best and most eective uses of the
clauses available.
Sellers want you to have as few outs as
possible, so they love not having to contend with a home inspection contingency.
Waiving a home inspection can be a dangerous game, but the risk largely depends
on the type of property. If you do so on a
single family home, you could be tempting fate and run into a slew of trouble. On
a certain vintage of condominium where
the HVAC is the responsibility of the
building and your largest risk is usually
a faulty appliance or older electrical box,
you may consider buying a home warranty with appliance coverage in lieu of
inspecting. The important thing to know
is what could go wrong and whether you
have the nancial means and will to correct an issue that may arise.
Pre-inspections, where the buyer conducts an inspection prior to making an
oer and thus can proceed without the
home inspection contingency, are a popular alternative. Wise listing agents often refuse to allow them. If a material defect the
seller did not previously have knowledge

A sellers worst fear is to have to go back to market after a contract falls through.

of arises in a pre-inspection, and the buyers agent sends the report to the listing
agent, the seller will have the added burden of disclosing it to all potential buyers.
A general inspection contingency otherwise thought of as a take it or leave it
inspection, often an appealing option to a
seller it gives the buyer the right to walk
away if they dont like what they nd in an
inspection, but not to nickel and dime the
seller for small ticket items. From a practical perspective, almost any major defect
you discover will need to be disclosed to a
future buyer, so sellers sometimes end up
correcting major issues even when buyers
have agreed to take it or leave it to avoid

losing a contract.
Nothing will guarantee you a win in a
multiple oers situation, but there are
things you can do to increase your chances. In addition to a exible settlement
schedule and a can-do attitude, your best
weapon aside from cash is an experienced
agent who truly understands how the mechanics of the contract works and can help
you navigate the process. Happy hunting!

SAMMY DWECK,with Evers & Co. Real Estate,


Inc. is a top-producing real estate agent specializing in residential re-sales in the D.C. metro
area. Reach him at Sammy@sammydweck.
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